Real Salt Lake announces their pre-season schedule

We know that there really is no off-season for the players and staffs of Major League Soccer teams, and for Real Salt Lake it is no different, as players continue to recover from the long season, work out to stay in shape, and prepare mentally and physically for the long upcoming season.   The staff continues their work, from scouting to contracts to planning and scheduling.  We know that there will be a USMNT camp in January and this year it will have added importance as World Cup Qualifying and the Gold Cup will both be taking place in 2013, so a number of RSL players will likely be involved with their various national teams. Here is the official RSL intro to their pre-season schedule:


Claret-and-Cobalt to Train in Arizona and California, Participate in FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup

SANDY, Utah (Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012) – Real Salt Lake has finalized plans for the club’s 2013 preseason schedule, which will include a pair of training camps in Arizona and one in California across six weeks in January and February, prior to the kickoff of the 2013 Major League Soccer campaign in early March.

The Claret-and-Cobalt will officially kick off its ninth season on Friday, Jan. 18, when players will report to Salt Lake City for entrance physicals. The team will stay in Salt Lake until Jan. 21, when the entire group will head to the home of the Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy at Grande Sports World just outside of Casa Grande, Ariz. RSL will train at Grande Sports World  from Jan. 21-28.

After a short spell back in Utah, Real Salt Lake will head to the Los Angeles area for its second leg of spring training on Jan. 31. The team will train at the University of California-Irvine in Irvine, Calif. from Feb. 1-8.

The team will then head back to Utah again before returning Arizona on Feb. 11, this time for a two-week stint in Tucson for the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup preseason tournament. It will be RSL’s second-consecutive year in the round-robin competition, which will also feature MLS sides Seattle Sounders FC, New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution.

The FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup will kick off on Wednesday, Feb. 13 and will conclude with the Championship and 3rd Place matches on Saturday, Feb. 23. Fans interested in attending the premier MLS preseason tournament of 2013 can visit to secure their seats at the Kino Sports Complex and to book discounted lodging in Tucson.

RSL will likely be without several players during various periods of the 2013 preseason due to national team duty. FW Alvaro Saborio (Costa Rica), MF Kyle Beckerman (U.S.) and GK Nick Rimando could miss time in January and February due to CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, while MF Luis Gil will almost certainly miss nearly the entirety of RSL’s preseason training while participating as a key figure in the United States’ U-20 National Team CONCACAF qualifying tournament for next Summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Following the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, RSL will return to Utah to begin preparations for its MLS season opener, expected the weekend of March 2. MLS will release each team’s home-opening dates next week, with the full league schedule expected in early January.

Currently, the only way for fans to guarantee their seats at Rio Tinto Stadium for any of RSL’s 17 MLS home games is to “Join the Pride” by becoming an RSL Season Ticket Holder. Fans can purchase Season Tickets by visiting the or by calling 801-727-2700. 

Real Salt Lake 2013 Preseason Key Dates / Schedule (subject to change)

2013 MLS SuperDraft – Thursday, Jan. 17 – NSCAA Convention, Indianapolis, IN

Spring Training Opens – Salt Lake City

Friday, Jan.18 -Entrance physicals in Salt Lake City

Jan. 19-20 – Physical testing/training sessions in Salt Lake City area (times/locations/media access TBA)

Spring Training Trip #1 – Casa Grande, Ariz.

Monday, Jan. 21 – Travel to Casa Grande, Ariz.

Jan. 22-28 – Training at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz.

Tuesday, Jan. 28 – Return to Utah

Spring Training Trip #2 – Irvine, Calif.

Thursday, Jan. 31 – Travel to Irvine, Calif.
Feb. 1-8 – Training at the University of California-Irvine in Irvine, Calif.

Friday, Feb. 8 – Return to Utah

Spring Training Trip #3 – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.

Monday, Feb. 11 – Travel to Tucson, Ariz.

Tuesday, Feb. 12 – Training session at Kino Sports Complex

Wednesday, Feb. 13 – Match #1 vs. New York Red Bulls – 7:00 p.m. MT
Feb. 14-15 – Training sessions at Kino Sports Complex

Saturday, Feb. 16 – Match #2 vs. Seattle Sounders FC – 4:00 p.m. MT

Feb. 17-19 – Training sessions at Kino Sports Complex

Wednesday, Feb. 20 – Match #3 vs. New England Revolution – 5:00 p.m. MT

Feb. 21-22 – Training sessions at Kino Sports Complex

Saturday, Feb. 23 – Championship/3rd Place Match vs. TBD – 6:00 p.m./4:00 p.m. MT
Sunday, Feb. 24 – Return to Utah

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers

Wednesday, Feb. 6 – U.S. at Honduras

Wednesday, Feb. 6 – Costa Rica v. Panama

CONCACAF U-20 World Cup Qualifying Tournament

Monday, Feb. 18 – U.S. v. Haiti

Friday, Feb. 22 – U.S. v. Costa Rica

Feb. 26-March 3 – Tournament Knockout Stage 

2013 MLS “First Kick” Season Opener

Saturday, March 2 – opponent / site / TV TBD

So there you go the whole of the RSL pre-season are you counting down the days?

That’s How I See It.



  1. pate says:

    Looks like a pretty decent schedule. I’m having a hard time getting interested in this kind of news while I’m waiting for roster news (and watching other teams making moves).

    • admin says:

      It is hard to make too many moves when you have a player still up in the air (Javi) and will need to probably wait until the FIFA window opens in January to get your international players signed.

      I do think you will see RSL pick up a player or two on Friday in the re-entry draft, there are some players who if willing to re-do their contracts would be good gets for RSL.

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